No one knew you were pregnant. No one knows about your baby. You can’t take care of your baby. What are you going to do?
An unwanted pregnancy can be a traumatic experience. You may have overwhelming feelings of isolation, fear, or shame that could lead to irrational thoughts or acts, such as unsafely abandoning your baby.
If you live in Illinois and cannot care for your newborn (30 days old or younger) you are allowed to legally and anonymously relinquish the unharmed infant to designated safe havens locations.
Safe Haven locations include:
• Emergency care facilities
• Fire stations
• Police stations – including those on college campuses
Babies must be handed to a person at a Safe Haven location, but you will not be asked your name or other identifying information. No one will try to stop you or follow you.
The personnel on staff at the Safe Haven will give you an information packet which outlines how this process works and your rights as a parent. Although it is not required, you may anonymously provide medical information, so your baby will grow up with a medical history.
If you would like to talk to someone about dropping off your baby at a Safe Haven location please call our 24/7 hotline – 888-510-BABY (2229). All calls to the Save Abandoned Babies Foundation are completely confidential. We are here to help and support you, not judge you. If after reading all of this, you’d like to contact and adoption agency, please click here.